“In a four-paragraph release sent to area news organizations Tuesday, the sheriff department reported the investigation of several complaints of possible telemarketing fraud in the area, especially targeted at the elderly…. Detective Dan Nichols, who wrote the release, said Tuesday he did collect some of the information from The Onion, not knowing it was a humor publication.” –Michigan Sherrif’s Office Duped by Onion SatireBattle Creek Enquirer)
“in the beginning, there was nothing. well, actually, there was pinball, some shooting gallery games, a few nickel peep-show machines and those mechanical genies that would guess your weight and give a glimpse of your future.” william hunter –the history of computer games: from ‘pong’ to ‘pac-man’designboom) Hey designboom webmaster… your “Shift” key is broken!
“The purpose of NASA’s Visible Earth is to provide a consistently updated, central point of access to the superset of NASA’s Earth science-related images, animations, and data visualizations. These images are considered to be public domain and, as such, are freely available to the interested public-at-large, the media, scientists, and educators for re-use and/or re-publication.” –Visible EarthNASA)
“Ebonics may be an inferior dialect of English (contributors vilify that notion), but communicating that to students won’t encourage them to practice [Standard English]. The cultural roots run too deep, and for every student who masters SE there are are a dozen who tune out, react in anger, and disappear.” Review of The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom. –The Languages of the ClassroomPartisan…
“We despised the Dockers-wearing advertising-executive manqués who somehow scammed enough money to start up Web sites that gave license to appalling ideas, chief among them convergence….It seems that online content has fossilized. Online ventures doing exactly the wrong thing or the right thing the wrong way are no longer the norm…” –Has Online Content Jumped the Shark?NUblog) Commercial content has failed; weblogs have claimed the web. But now what?
“Playing IF is the first thing I remember doing on a computer actually, on my Commodore 64 (with cassette drive!). I suspect that I called it something other than ‘interactive fiction’ at the time, but I’m not sure what that was.” Steve Himmer –I was trying to familiarize myself with the current state of Interactive FictionOnePotMealzilla)
“The last natural blondes will die out within 200 years, scientists believe. A study by experts in Germany suggests people with blonde hair are an endangered species and will become extinct by 2202.” –Blondes ‘to die out in 200 years’BBC) Two comments. First, this reminds me of the game theory scene in A Beautiful Mind, where four male mathematicians scheming for the attention of a blonde all agree to ignore…
“He appeared to be able to manipulate atoms with amazing grace. He seemed to be able to force electricity to do seemingly impossible tricks, and claimed he’d found ways to make working molecule-sized electronic components.” Jan Hendrik Schön was also, apparently, a plagiarist. –The Undoing of a Star ScientistAP/Wired)
Google scans thousands of online news sites and automatically assembles what it thinks are the most newsworthy items. –Google NewsGoogle)
“A neighbour – an eminent retired politician, philanthropist and keen ornithologist – has just acquired an owl whistle, beautifully crafted from wood. When blown, it makes a most realistic toowooo…. The next day, another neighbour – a retired military man and also an ornithologist – showed me his latest toy, coincidentally also an owl whistle…. It is quite clear that these two gentlemen have been hooting to each other, with…